Leases & Disputes

Leases & Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution

Welts, White & Fontaine has extensive experience in reviewing and negotiating commercial leases. We work with you to identify issues and come to fair solutions regarding personal guarantees, insurance issues, common maintenance charges, use restrictions and other critical matters. It is important that you have an experienced advocate on your side. Commercial leases are always drafted with a bias toward one side. We can help you see the bias.

Breach of Contract

Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C. can handle all of your breach of contract issues. Enforceable contracts in New Hampshire range from simple verbal agreements to very technical written contracts. Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C. is experienced in handling the entire range of contract disputes and breaches. Our attorneys in each practice area are familiar with the specific requirements of your contract. For example, Attorney Jack White specializes in employment contracts.

Lease Enforcement Cases

It is not uncommon for parties to a real estate lease to have disagreements in interpretation of particular clauses. For example, it may be necessary for a landlord to enforce the on-premises vehicle parking clause of a lease without initiating an eviction action to remove the tenant for violation of that clause. On the other side of that coin, a tenant may be facing demands by a landlord pursuant to a particular clause of a lease that is ambiguous, and require legal representation. In addition to real estate leases, many new car purchases currently involve a lease agreement as opposed to a loan agreement. There are many instances where parties to an automobile lease will need interpretation and/or representation concerning an issue arising under one of these leases. We also represent clients with lease problems concerning vacation or seasonal rentals.

Litigation of Landlord Disputes

Although we pride ourselves as attorneys capable of resolving disputes without resorting to litigation, we also pride ourselves on our litigation skills and successes. Our attorneys practice in every court of the State, from small claims to appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and will be more than capable of litigating your landlord/tenant disputes.

Evictions

Unfortunately, evictions are a fact of life. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C.’s attorneys can assist you in the very technical requirements imposed by the New Hampshire legislature for either instituting or defending an eviction action. Compared to other states, New Hampshire has what some refer to as a “fast track” eviction process. However, offsetting the relatively short period of time an eviction action takes, judges enforce the technical requirements of the statute precisely. There are also severe penalties landlords can face if they conduct an eviction action improperly. Likewise, tenants face damages and/or penalties for their violation of specific statutes. Attorneys at Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C. are very experienced in this area and capable of handling your landlord/tenant eviction – resident or commercial.